Pfizer vaccine: the first batches for the EU leave the Belgian factory

The first batches of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for the European Union left the Belgian plant in Puurs on Wednesday, where they are manufactured.


The first batches of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine destined for EU countries left the Belgian plant in Puurs, where they are manufactured on Wednesday morning, following the green light on Monday from European authorities, a journalist from the ‘AFP

Three refrigerated vans left the industrial site of the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, in north-eastern Belgium, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The operation, which used the logistical resources of the Belgian freight company H. Essers, took place under high police surveillance, two law enforcement vehicles escorting each van after loading its cargo. The media were kept at a safe distance.

The first deliveries had already taken place in early December from Puurs to the United Kingdom, after the approval of the British health authority. The vaccination campaign has also already started this Wednesday in Switzerland.

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Asked by AFP, Pfizer refused to provide any clarification on the populations of the EU for which the batches of Wednesday were intended. One of the vans had a Polish license plate.

The European Commission announced on Monday that it was authorizing the distribution in the EU of Pfizer-BioNTech’s anti-Covid vaccine, hours after the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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The EU had previously announced that the first vaccinations would start between December 27 and 29 in all member states. The distribution, which will take off in January and which will run throughout 2021, will be in proportion to the population of the States.

In France, the High Authority of Health (HAS) must give Thursday, on Christmas Eve, an opinion on this vaccine, for first injections expected Sunday.

(With AFP)